24″ x 30″
Yvonne Porcella was a nurse by profession. In 1962, she began making unique garments, quilts, and wall hangings. Her work was featured in major exhibits, museums, and galleries. Yvonne worked in a series, exploring new techniques before moving on to the next new thing. Her work was vibrant and bold. She adored black and white checkerboards, half-square triangles, and log cabins. She often handpainted her fabrics to create subtle pastel watercolor effects. She machine-pieced, hand-appliquéd, and hand-quilted her pieces. She authored nine books along the way tracing her artistic journey and inspiring others to join her in creating art quilts. In 1989, Yvonne founded Studio Art Quilt Associates and served as the President of the Board of Directors for 12 years. The Renwick Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution bought her quilt, Takoage, in 1994. She served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for American Quilts (now The Quilt Alliance) from 1997 – 2004. Yvonne was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 1998 and was the fifth quilter to be given the Silver Star Award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Yvonne inspired us all with her enthusiasm, energy, and talent.